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May 31st, 2007

THE BILLBOARD WARS

by Joelle Panisch

img_0366.jpgThe Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and friends were in prime form recently as they gathered outside the Gansevoort Hotel to protest the erection of two giant billboards above the Hudson street section of the hotel’s property.

“Shame on you!” they chanted to the measure of whistles and drums that blew in the background. “Hey! Ho! The billboards must go!”

GVSHP leader Andrew Berman riled the crowd and handed out flyers to the seemingly unaffected scenesters that sauntered by. The protest was planned to coincide with a Christina Aguilera and Nylon magazine event that took place inside.

According to the GVSHP press release, Hotel Gansevoort owner Michael Achenbaum has refused to take down the 8 story billboards, despite a slew of meetings. Continue Reading »

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May 31st, 2007

THE UNWANTED

by Joelle Panisch

How One Proposed Building United Three Neighborhoods Against The King of Bronze Trim, Pink Marble, Smokey Glass And Bad TV.

trump-bldg.jpgIt’s a SoHo battle royale. The controversy over the new Trump Building that “The Donald” and co-developers–The Bayrock Group and Sapir Organization–intend on erecting has ignited an uproar heard acrossWest Broadway. The hubbub in many ways is the same as it has been for years. “There goes the neighborhood, again!” But the trouble this time runs deeper; with more at stake than just ugly architecture, this could rupture the identity of SoHo for good. Add to this excitement a web of conflicting agendas and a legal quarrel that could set a precedent for zoning citywide, and all involved need to be ready for a rumble. This is the real estate equivalent of The Sharks vs. The Jets on the cobblestone streets of SoHo.

First introduced by Trump on the 2006 season finale of The Apprentice, the hopeful Trump Soho development is plotted for 246 Spring Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street. As envisioned by architect David Rockwell, the building will rise to approximately 454 feet high and will stand as the tallest tower in the community. It will boast 45 stories and include the usual amount of tacky Trump amenities.

This holds no appeal to SoHo residents who take tremendous pride in their cast-iron wonderland. Continue Reading »

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May 31st, 2007

PLUNKITT OF TAMMANY HALL – A POLITICAL COLUMN OF AMAZING RANDOMNESS

by Trip Plunkitt

The longtime defunct SoHo Weekly News had its “25 Year Bash” recently at The Pink Pony. For our younger readers, the SoHo News was published in the seventies and early eighties as an alternative to the Village Voice. Of course, the SoHo Journal has taken over the ‘lofty’ job of being the voice for SoHo. Esteemed photographer Alan Tannenbaum has his roots as a photographer for the SoHo News. Party on!

How about those recent sightings of rats on Sixth Avenue wearing little tee shirts that say, “Tastes Like Chicken!” As one Greenwich Village Taco Bell patron said: “Rats are for the outside and mice for the inside.” Umm – the public’s sanitation expectations are lower than one might think. Makes you wonder what goes on when the cameras aren’t on.

Speaking of rats, Al “The Park King” Butzel, president of Friends of Hudson River Park, may have gone too far: Continue Reading »

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May 29th, 2007

East Village Walking Tour, 06/03/07

by gvshp

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

The East Village: Culture and Counter Culture: A Walking Tour with Joyce Gold

Joyce Gold, author of From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide to Greenwich Village History, will lead a tour highlighting the historic sites of the East Village. From Stuyvesant’s bouwerie to the Tompkins Square riot — an area rich in ethnic diversity will be explored.

Sunday, June 3,

1:00 p.m.

$12 GVSHP members/seniors; $15 general public

Reservations recommended: 212-475-9585 x 34 or rsvp@gvshp.org

Please visit www.nyctours.com for more information on Joyce Gold’s History Tours of New York.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

May 22nd, 2007

BARTERING IS THE NEW RECYCLING

by You the Reader

Spring Cleaning? Don’t throw it away…bring it to the FREECYCLE(TM) NEW YORK CITY SPRING CLEANING FREEMEET!

Saturday, June 2, 2007, 11am – 4pm – Harlem YMCA (in the Little Theatre)
180 West 135th Street at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Ave.) New York, NY 10030

The FreeMeet is your chance to unload unwanted, but usable items, take home things you can put to good use and meet other folks from the Freecycle community. Anything leftover at the end of the event will be donated to local charities or recycled to the extent possible. As the name suggests, the Freecycle FreeMeet is FREE and open to the public! You don’t need to bring anything to take anything (though a tote bag might help). Please bring portable items only and leave furniture and other heavy stuff at home (log on to www.Freecycle.org to find people who can pick these items up from you). Please bring your items no later than 3pm and visit www.RecycleThisNYC.org/freemeet for more information.

Sponsored by the Harlem YMCA, Freecycle New York City and the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE).

Freecycle NYC is a project of Recycle This! Questions? Contact info@RecycleThisNYC.org

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Take Action

May 20th, 2007

LETTERS, MAY/JUNE 2007

by You the Reader

soho_cover_ma07_big.jpgFeel free to voice an opinion on any subject; we want to hear what you have to say. Mail your thoughts and rants to:
Letters, c/o SoHo Journal, P.O. Box 1485 NewYork, NY 10013. Or email us at: info@sohojournal.com



(Editor’s Note: This letter, written to a nationally syndicated reporter for Newsday, is being reproduced by permission of the author.)

Dear Mr. Henican:

I am writing this letter to you at the urging of activist Michael O’Neill for Sag Harbor, NY. Evidently, Mike thinks I might actually not be wasting my time but I am willing to try. I am an advocate for Martin Tankleff, a person falsely accused in 1988 (having just turned 17 years old!!!) of murdering his parents. I understand a listener to your radio show phoned in referring to the Tankleff case. Marty was convicted two years later on virtually no evidence of guilt while a much more logical suspect has been ignored by Suffolk County authorities to this very day! Marty, after being thrown in a maximum [security] prison as a mere child, has been incarcerated ever since, serving a fifty years to life sentence. Evidently, there was no media storm to prevent this travesty of justice as there was in the Duke lacrosse rape scandal. At the time, the news gatherers (including Newsday) chose not to let the truth get in the way of a really good story that sold a lot of newspapers. Imagine! A rich, spoiled Jewish Prince from Belle Terre brutally slays his parents because he doesn’t like the car he is driving???? Wow! What’s better than that?????????

Just for the record, I wrote a letter to Newsday protesting the way the Duke lacrosse players were being handled by so-called civil rights groups and by the media early on! Newsday actually printed it!!!!!! It is my belief that those boys, some of whom exercised extremely poor judgement in their partying habits, did not deserve to be found guilty of a gravely serious charge of rape for no other reason than they were rich, white and male. I never thought OJ Simpson should be found innocent of murder just because he was black either. I am a retired state police investigator who has investigated every conceivable type of felony crime including rape and murder. I believe that the accused should only be found guilty based on the actual facts of the case, not for political expediency. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | Letters | New York | the Hamptons

May 18th, 2007

TONIGHT: Town Hall Meeting with Council Member Alan J. Gerson

by John Coakley

Manhattan District 1 Council Member Alan J. Gerson invites you to a Town Hall Meeting on SoHo/Chinatown Traffic

This is a rare opportunity to speak your mind to a member of city government who actually wants to hear what you have to say. With condo towers sprouting like so many poisonous mushrooms, the neighborhood’s population is bound to increase and therefore traffic is bound to get worse. Come to this meeting to share your ideas and listen to those of your neighbors.

Monday, June 18th, 2007
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Puffin Room
435 Broome Street (between Broadway and Crosby)

For further information please contact (212) 788-7722

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action

May 17th, 2007

Sex Education: What Are Kids Really Learning?

by John Coakley

“Watch what you wear, if you don’t aim to please, don’t aim to tease.”

The quote above comes directly from a student workbook used in some sex education classes around the country. Aside from a poor command of the rules of punctuation, the quote also betrays the current administration’s disturbing mix of sound bites and regressive thinking about sexuality. Abstinence is being taught as the only option, as opposed to a smart choice along with safe sex information as a responsible back-up plan.

The good folks at Planned Parenthood’s Activist Council invite you to a hands-on comparison of actual sex education materials used in New York schools. Maxwell Ciardullo will “teach” a mock abstinence-only lesson, while Dana Czuczka, Director of Government Relations of PPNYC, will demonstrate a comprehensive sex education lesson. Both will also shed light on the state of sex education in New York and around the country.

Here is your chance to find out exactly what kids are learning about sex in school today–and what you can do about it.

Date:
5/23/2007 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hosted By:
Planned Parenthood
26 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012

RSVP by:
May 23, 2007 at 10:00 am
choicevoice@ppnyc.org

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action

May 9th, 2007

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND!

by You the Reader

TAINAH – AN AMAZON ADVENTURE
Sat & Sun at 11:00 am – Tickets on Sale Now

NYICFF kicks off a perpetual, year-round film festival at the IFC Center this weekend with the gorgeous Brazilian film, Tainah-An Amazon Adventure. This is the first installment of an animal/wildlife-themed series featuring incredible nature cinematography and storytelling. We also have more Girls’ POV films coming your way, plus animation and lots of other good stuff. Additional films will be announced within the week.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

May 9th, 2007

LaMicro at the Puffin Room

by John Coakley

LaMicro Theater is a group dedicated to bringing Latino culture and the performing arts to the masses via both English and bi-lingual productions.
They will be part of SPRUNG, Puffin Room‘s showcase of new works in dance and theater. Other performers include Sonia Portugal and Chih-Chun Huang. This is an event not to be missed.

The Puffin Room
Friday May 18 at 8:00 PM
435 Broome St., in SoHo between Broadway and Crosby
212.343.2881
$15.00, $5.00 for Seniors & High School students

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

May 1st, 2007

GVSHP Benefit/House Tour

by gvshp

If you have not already done so, this week is the last chance to purchase tickets for the  Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s 9th Annual Benefit House Tour & Reception this Sunday, May 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The tour offers a rare glimpse into seven of the finest and most exclusive townhouses and outdoor spaces in Greenwich Village.

Tickets to the tour are only $125 in advance/$150 day-of (if not sold out); tickets to the tour and reception are $275 in advance, $300 day-of (if not sold out).

Visit www.gvshp.org/benefit to purchase tickets instantly or learn more.

The tour includes access to seven homes within the Greenwich Village Historic District. A gala cocktail reception will be held following the tour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the remarkable studios and roof garden of the Stephan Weiss Foundation.

Homes on the tour include those of:

Mark Fina & Caroline Schwartz on Gay Street
Cassie & Paul Glover on Charles Street
Kelley & Terry Pillow on West 11th Street
Dubi Silverstein & Ellen Weiman on Grove Street
Eleanor & Don Taffner on Grove Street
Greg Ventra & Mark Field on Bleecker Street
Robert Wagner & Alice Ericsson on West 12th Street

This year’s extraordinary tour focuses on homes built for the city’s merchant and artisan class. Some highlights include the largest intact  woodframe home in the Village; a town-house with a classically Greek-Revival exterior and a dramatic mid-century modern interior; and one of the Village’s grandest  French Second Empire houses, located on the site of Peter Warren’s eighteenth century farmhouse.

The proceeds from the Benefit support the continuing education and advocacy work of GVSHP.

For almost 30 years GVSHP has worked to protect the cultural and architectural heritage of Greenwich Village, NoHo, and the East Village. GVSHP has secured the first-ever expansion of the Greenwich Village Historic District and two new landmark districts in the Far West Village, and has proposed a new South Village Historic District. Our Children’s Education program reaches more than 1,500 young people each year.

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